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Obituaries for May 17

Robert F. Lanphere

SANTA FE, N.M. - Col. (ret.) Robert F. Lanphere, Santa Fe, formerly of Rapid City, S.D., died Sunday, April 29, 2007, in Santa Fe. Survivors include his wife Donna Lanphere, Santa Fe; two daughters, Carol Whitley and Susan Watts; two granddaughters; and one brother, James Lanphere. Services were held May 4 at Santa Maria De la Paz Catholic Church in Santa Fe. Burial, with full military honors, was held at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Santa Fe Funeral Options and Memorial Gardens was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Rose Williams

DENVER - Ella Rose Williams, 2 days, Denver, died Friday, April 27, 2007, at Rose Medical Center in Denver. Survivors include her parents Shellie Furchner and Josh Williams, Denver; one sister, Bailey; her grandparents, Shawn and Sandy Nielsen and Rick and Nancy Williams, all of Rapid City, and Scott and Julie Furchner, Fort Pierre, S.D.; and her great-grandparents, Bob and Rosie Galbraith and Jim and Marlys Furchner, all of Rapid City, and Royal and Merle Nielsen, Piedmont, S.D. Services will be at a later date, when her twin sister is released from the neonatal intensive care unit at Rose Medical Center. Memorials may be made to Ella Rose Williams and family, Washington Mutual, Attn: Heidi, 1600 California St., Unit 4, Denver, CO 80202. Horan & McConaty of Denver was in charge of arrangements.

Alida E. Small

RAPID CITY - Alida E. Small, 88, Rapid City, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Dennis Small, Philip, and Marty Small, Rapid City; one daughter, Dixie Oien, Rapid City; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Doug Diehl officiating. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

Emma E. Rauch

BELVIDERE - Emma E. Rauch, 103, Belvidere, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. Survivors include one daughter, Emily Sammons, Midland; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Jeanne Morrissey-Thomas

RAPID CITY - Jeanne Morrissey-Thomas, 60, Rapid City, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver. Survivors include one daughter, Julie Heinrich of Lakewood, Colo.; three sons, Thomas Heinrich and Michael Heinrich both of Rapid City, and Casey Heinrich of Lakewood; two sisters, Patty Thielson of Aberdeen, and Kathy Worthing of Sioux Falls; one brother, Richard Morrissey of Kansas; and five grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Dalles Craig Brucklacher

PHILIP - Dalles Craig Brucklacher, 18, Philip, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident south of Philip. Survivors include his father Perry Brucklacher, Philip; his mother Sharon and Shane Ellwein, Pierre; his brother Derek Brucklacher, Pierre; his grandparents Pastor Al and Lenore Brucklacher, Philip, and Robert and Sandy Anderson, Hermosa; and his great-grandparents Vern and Carrol Foland, Philip. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Philip High School Gym, and one hour before services. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the high school, with the Rev. Mark Ford officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at

Marshall Alan Ealy

RELIANCE - Marshall Alan Ealy, 14, Reliance, died Saturday, May 12, 2007. Survivors include his mother, Tawna Stewart, Reliance; his father, Monte Ealy, Rapid City; two sisters, Andrea Walker, Fort Collins, Colo., and Megan Berry, Reliance; two brothers, Leeland O'Dell and Austin Berry, both of Reliance; his great-grandmother, Loy Stewart, Spearfish; and his grandparents, Butch and Thelma Ealy, Gillette, Wyo., Terry and Marilyn Stewart, Reliance, Tony Moran Sr., Kennebec, and Troy and Sharon Curtis, Mesa, Ariz. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT today at Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Presho High School gymnasium. Burial will be at Reliance Cemetery.

Ione Edith Big Crow Miller

SIOUX FALLS - Ione Edith Big Crow Miller, 64, Sioux Falls, and formerly of Rosebud, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at Sanford Health. Survivors include her husband, Edward "Tuffy" Miller; her children, Joseph, Katie, Frances, Christopher and Alexis Fogg; her sisters, Pauline, Teresa and Rita; her brothers, Wayne, Tony, Noah, Sylvan, Wendall, Tyrone, Levi and Lloyd; the father of her children and very special friend, Alex "Tom" Fogg; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Madeline Big Crow; her children, Edna, Frank and Faith; and her brother, Seth. Visitation with Ione's family present will be from 10 a.m. to noon CDT Tuesday, May 22, at Miller Funeral Home, and will resume at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Thompson, continuing until services at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the church. Burial will follow at River View Cemetery in Fort Thompson. Go to for an online registry.

Dorothy Boland

RAPID CITY - Dorothy R. Boland, 71, Rapid City, died at home on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was born Dec. 17, 1935, at Hope, to Ernest and Grace (Toepke) Nickel. She graduated from Glen Ullin (N.D.) High School. Dorothy attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Neb., and received her 2nd year Standard Certificate from Dickinson (N.D.) State Teachers College. She taught grade school children in Beulah, N.D., and Yankton, prior to moving to Rapid City in 1961, where she taught at General Beadle and Knollwood grade schools. Dorothy married Charles M. Boland July 25, 1964, and continued to teach until 1967, when they began their family. She shuttled their four children around to their various activities until 1983. At that time, Dorothy went to work at Canyon Lake Elementary School in the lunch department. She retired from the Rapid City School System in 2003. Dorothy kept very busy throughout her retirement years with her granddaughters, her crafts and various part-time jobs. Her most enjoyable part-time job was at RP Enterprises. Dorothy's faith included the Lutheran and Catholic religions. Family togetherness meant the most to Dorothy and this past Christmas she took her beloved family to Disney World. Everyone that knew her will miss her and her favorite phrase "and everything." She is survived by her husband Charlie Boland, Rapid City; three sons, Mike (Lisa) Boland, Aberdeen, Jim (Jeannine Cruppe) Boland, Clermont, Fla., and Kelly (Carol) Boland, Rapid City; one daughter, Jodee Boland, Rapid City; two brothers, Leonard Nickel, Sioux Falls, and Kenneth Nickel, East North Port, N.Y.; and her five precious granddaughters, Priscilla, Augustine, Cara, Kaylee and Coral. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, with a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m., at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. Dan Juelfs presiding. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A memorial has been established to benefit Hospice of the Hills. Friends may offer condolences and sign the online guest register at

Zachary Vern Fisher

August 15, 1982 - May 13, 2007

CASPER, Wyo. - Former Greybull, Wyoming resident, Zachary Vern Fisher, age 24, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007, north of Basin, Wyoming, due to an accidental death while traveling and living his dream. Zack was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on August 15, 1982. He was the son of Mark Vern and Sheila Joy (Ernst) Fisher. He lived in Rapid City and went to school there until the third grade. Zack graduated from Greybull High School in Greybull, Wyoming in May 2001. After graduation, Zack worked at Murdoch Oil in Greybull. He then went to work at the Wyoming State Penitentiary as a Corrections Officer from May 2003 to November 2005. He then traveled the Western United States for 8 months. At the time of his death, he was in partnership with his dad renovating and re-selling homes. He loved to spend time on the Big Horn Mountains - camping, hiking, fishing, and snowboarding. He loved working on and driving his old pickup, "Shirley Ann." He was a free spirit, had a larger than life personality, and people were drawn to him. He loved to spend time with his friends and his family, but mostly, Zack loved to spend time with his sister, Jess. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Owen Fisher, and his cousin, Owen Jay Fisher. Zack is survived by his father and mother, Mark and Sheila Fisher of Casper, Wyoming; his sister, Jess Fisher of Casper, Wyoming; his maternal grandparents, Vern and Dodie Fisher of Black Hawk, South Dakota; his paternal grandmother, Lois Fisher of Hill City, South Dakota; and numerous special aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007, 1:00 p.m., at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull, Wyoming. Reverend Michael McMillan will be conducting the services. All are welcome to join the family at BPOE Elks Lodge #1431 in Greybull, Wyoming immediately following the services to visit and share refreshments with them. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn County Search and Rescue. Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick Allen Fernen

STURGIS - Patrick Allen Fernen, 43, of Sturgis, SD, passed on to his eternal home on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Sturgis Regional Lippold Hospice Unit after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. Before passing, Pat expressed his appreciation for the love and support of his family, friends, and the community during his battle. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2007, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis and one hour prior to services at Grunwald Auditoriam in Sturgis. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Grunwald Auditorium located at RB Williams Junior High School with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial services will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. Pat was born September 13, 1963, in Rapid City, SD, to Larry and Mary Ann (Synders) Fernen. He grew up in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis Brown High in 1981. He enjoyed high school athletics, participating in cross country, basketball, football and track, earning white letter honors and athlete of the year in 1981. Later he learned to love golf, hunting, and pool, which brought him hours of fun, laughter and lifetime friendships. Pat attended college in Marshall, MN, and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He returned to western South Dakota, where he was employed by the South Dakota Department of Transportation at Belle Fourche. In the early '90s, he joined the staff of Hills Vending in Sturgis as a Machine Technician. Pat was married to Susie Lehman in Sturgis on February 25, 1994. Together they had the pleasure of raising their daughter Taylor, now a sophomore at Brown High School. Pat had many hobbies such as golfing, hunting, and billiards. He was an active supporter and coach for his daughter's many activities, including her softball and basketball teams. Pat was an avid supporter of youth athletics and the Sturgis Scoopers. Survivors include his wife, Susie and daughter, Taylor, parents Larry and Mary Ann Fernen, Sturgis; one brother, Jeffrey L. Fernen, Sturgis; one sister, Kimberly A. Smith, and nephews Jason, Reace and Kyial Huber, Derick Fernen, Nicholas and Abby Lehmann and numerous other family members. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother. Susie and Taylor would also like to join Pat in expressing their appreciation for the overwhelming love and support of extended family, friends and community. A memorial has been established for his daughter's post graduate studies.

Harold Earl Sauser

CHADRON, Neb. - Harold Earl Sauser, 91, Chadron, died Friday, May 4, 2007, at Crestview Nursing Home in Chadron. He was born July 30, 1915, at Kadoka, to Walter John and Alma Lucy (Wells) Sauser. He had four brothers and one sister. Harold worked for the BIA road department at Pine Ridge in the late 1930s. It was in Pine Ridge that he met Alma Green, who would become his wife of 67 years. He was a rod man for the South Dakota Highway Department from 1940 to 1942. After Pearl Harbor, he was sent to Omaha with the Army Corps of Engineers to build runways at Offutt Air Base. From there, he was sent, in 1943, to Costa Rica, where he worked for a year on the AlCan Highway. Harold enlisted in the Navy SeaBees in 1943, and was stationed on Tinian Island when the Enola Gay took off on its flight that would help end the war. In 1947, he, Alma and their 5-year-old son moved to Rapid City, S.D. There, they would start several businesses. With Tally and Bette Winter, they bought the Bright Spot Cafe, later, and still, named Tally's. They also ran the Bronco Bar, a package liquor store and the Bonne Aire, a ballroom previously known as the Rainbow Ballroom. They also opened a Mexican restaurant, the first of its kind in Rapid City, and Robbinsdale Drive-In. They also ran the dogtrack concession when the track first opened. After 18 years and five more children, they moved to a farm in Oral, S.D., where they farmed and partnered with one of Harold's brothers in a feed lot. In 1965, they moved to Chadron, where they purchased the 120 Bar, and, later, their ranch on the Pine Ridge Reservation north of Chadron. He raised cattle for several years, then wheat. He was happiest when he was in the country or on the golf course. He was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Catholic Church, the Elks Club, the American Legion and VFW. He loved his golf so much that he and Jim Helzer moved to form the Ridgeview Country Club. His last six months were spent at Crestview Nursing Home and the last week of his life was under Hospice Care because of an inoperable broken hip. He often said he had had a good life and had nothing to gripe about. Harold loved a good story, especially if he was telling it. The problem was he never got to the punchline because he laughed until the tears rolled down his face. To his listeners, the laughing was funnier than the punchline, which they never got to hear anyway. He is survived by Alma; three sons, William (Leona) of Frederick, Md., Paul (Lori Jean), of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Rapid City, and Phillip (Judy) of St. Paul, Minn.; three daughters, Susan of Harlingen, Texas, Sandra of Oglala, S.D., and Laurie of Chadron; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and onebrother, Raymond, of Oglala. Services will be July 5 at St. Patrick's Church in Chadron, followed by burial at his ranch on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Memorials may be sent to Red Cloud Indian School or St Patrick's Church in care of Chamberlain Chapel, Chadron, Neb.

Floyd W. Campbell

STURGIS - Floyd W. Campbell, 93, Sturgis, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and will resume on Friday one hour prior to the services at the church. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Keith Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery in Spearfish. Floyd was born July 30, 1913, at Morristown, N.D., to Clarence and Pansy (Schaefer) Campbell. He grew up in North Dakota and moved to the Black Hills as a youth. He worked in logging with his father. He also worked at Homestake, and later in Coeur D'alene, Idaho, for a short time. Floyd worked at Spearfish Implement as a mechanic. He also moved to Rapid City and worked as a mechanic before returning to Sturgis. Floyd married Ruth Grant on Oct. 12, 1940, in Sundance, Wyo. Floyd was a member of the United Methodist Church and the UMC Men's Group. He was also a member of the Golden K Kiwanis, and a life-member of the Sturgis Lions Club. Survivors include his daughters, Linda (Rod) Hampton, Sturgis, and Marcia (Jim) Fairchild, Miles, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, four sisters, and one great-grandchild. A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church.

Leo Winters

RAPID CITY - Leo Winters, born June 16, 1942, in McIntosh, SD, to John and Marie (Blotsky) Winters. He was known to family and friends as "Sonny." He passed away May 13, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Leo married Josephine Harold and they resided in Rapid City throughout their married years. Leo dedicated most his life working with kids. He worked for the Rapid City School District for over 20 years; he also worked and volunteered at the Rapid City Club for Boys for several years. He loved playing cribbage, listening to Polka music and driving to Mystic Lake. Leo is survived by his mother, Marie Winters; one brother, Ray Winters; three sisters, Darlene Hare, Mary Jane Dillman, Shelly (Joe) Schmierer, all of Rapid City; one stepson, Harold Gross, MN; and lots of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Winters, and his father, John Winters. A memorial service for Leo will be set at a later date. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Rapid City Club for Boys, as his passion in life was helping kids. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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